Jul 3, 2013 9:04 AM by Kristen Holloway

Fireworks Safety

Nothing quite says the 4th of July like setting off fireworks.
The holiday is tomorrow and this morning we're talking about fireworks safety.

They are loud, colorful and a big part of the 4th of July but setting off fireworks the wrong way can cause serious injuries.
However there are ways to keep you and your family safe this holiday.

Lafayette ER Dr. Rebecca Doise says the 4th of july always bring in people with injuries.

"They range from just topical burns to fingers being blown off to eye injuries, those are some of the common things that we see," said Doise.

Doise says the biggest danger is leaving children unsupervised and for young children, sparklers tend to be the most dangerous.

"The heat that it takes to burn a sparkler is enough to melt gold so if you touch it or the sparks go into your eyes, they can be extremely dangerous," Doise.

Every firework has a set of instructions explaining how to safely handle the firework at home.

For anyone planning on using fireworks at home, here are tips to stay safe: Have water nearby and light them at least 6 feet away from bystanders. It's also suggested you use each firework individually and don't re-light them. Children under 12 should *not* use fireworks unless they're closely supervised.

Of course if you get hurt, go to your nearest emergency room.
For a look at 4th of July events, we have them posted right here on our website.



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